SLN Airport Reporting Points
March 2016
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Airport welcomes Son "Tony" Nguyen as new firefighter

The Salina Airport Authority recently welcomed Son "Tony" Nguyen as a new employee to the aircraft rescue firefighting and operations team.
Tony Nguyen come to the airport with previous military experience and is currently working towards two associate degrees in business and criminal justice. 
Nguyen served in the Marine Corps from 2010 through 2013 and is currently serving with the Kansas Air National Guard.  In addition to his military experience, he has a range of other experiences making him well suited for the current position.
"I'm excited to serve the local community" Nguyen said.  "I've always had a passion for fire and rescue."
Manager of Operations David Sorell stated "Tony is a quick learner and will make a great asset to the Salina Airport Authority team." 
The Salina Airport Authority is proud to have Tony on staff.
Welcome aboard!
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From the XD's Desk: Jobs and Payroll for Salina
Over 100 businesses and organizations now occupy the 4,200 acres once occupied by the former Schilling Air Force Base. Schilling closed in 1965 and Salina has successfully transformed the base into a vibrant regional airport and industrial center. Today, Salina Regional Airport and Airport Industrial Center employers account for 12% of total Saline County employment. Over 3,588 people work at the Airport and Airport Industrial Center and total payroll exceeds $141.5 million.

The future is bright for Airport and Airport Industrial Center businesses and organizations. Existing facilities are being expanded, airfield improvements are underway, street reconstruction has started and new businesses are moving into leased buildings. The current activity will lead to additional jobs and payroll that fuels the Salina economy.

The reuse of the former Schilling Air Force Base continues to be a success story that all Salina residents can be proud to share.

Tim Rogers, A.A.E.
Executive Director

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Airport, Industrial area, show positive economic effect
Tim Unruh, Salina Journal
February 18, 2016

Salina has clawed back from a series of difficult times over the past half century, starting with the 1965 closing of Schilling Air Force Base.

A s Salina Airport Authority Executive Director Tim Rogers explained at Wednesdays Airport Authority Board meeting, there were 5,036 people employed before the base closed, 4,710 of them in the military and 326 civilians. They collectively earned $12 million in annual payroll.

The Defense Department gave the base and its buildings to the community in 1965, and a slew of visionaries got to work turning the property into an economic driver, leasing buildings and property to diverse businesses that brought employment.

By 1990, Rogers reported, the airport and the industrial area employed 2,600 people and boasted a $37 million annual payroll.

Now, 51 years after the closing, more than 100 businesses and organizations in the airport and industrial area reported employing 3,588 people and an annual payroll of $141.5 million. The information was gleaned from an annual survey of employers in the airport area, Rogers said, of which 98 percent responded.

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Salina Regional Airport Staff Recognized by AAAE for Training Excellence

Alexandria, VA - The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) is pleased to recognize 97 airports with an ANTN Digicast Excellence in Airport Training award for training completed in 2015.

An ANTN Digicast Excellence in Airport Training award signifies that airport employees and additional staff working at each recognized facility have completed a specified amount of federally-mandated, airport-specific training and continuing education using ANTN Digicast's web-based training system. The award levels are based on total training programs watched and total number of employees trained at each airport. Levels vary based on the airport's hub size.

"ANTN Digicast was created for airports as a cost-effective, efficient way to help them comply with training requirements, and we're encouraged that so many airports have made it an integral part of their training programs," said Patrick Raker, Senior Vice President of AAAE's Training and Technology Services Department. "The current ANTN Digicast system has been used by airports to train hundreds of thousands of workers, and we're looking forward to providing airports with better results and functionality as we develop the next generation of our world-class training site."

Airports that subscribe to ANTN Digicast have unlimited access to the service's 300-plus training programs for all employees and tenants. Topics covered include operations, security, customer service, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF), FAA-required recurrent training, and much more. ANTN Digicast training is designed for airport employees as well as tenants such as airline workers and subcontractors who work at an airport.

Businessman selected to lead KDOT's Division of Aviation
Kansas businessman Merrill Eisenhower Atwater has been selected to be the state's next aviation director.

Atwater, of Basehor, will be part of the executive staff of the Kansas Department of Transportation in his new job. As director, he will work with the Federal Aviation Administration and aviation stakeholders across the state. He will oversee KDOT aviation programs, such as the Kansas Airport Improvement Program.

"Merrill will be the champion for aviation in Kansas. He will promote aviation as an integral part of the state's overall transportation infrastructure, which includes a world-class highway system," said Kansas Transportation Secretary Mike King. "I am pleased Merrill has agreed to join us."

For more than a year, Atwater has been national sales director for Housby, a diversified Des Moines, Iowa, company that comprises Mack and Isuzu truck retail sales, truck maintenance, auctions and more. Over the past decade, he has also been vice president of business development for Bar None Auctions in Sacramento, Calif.; senior executive of development and principal of Global Green Energy Parks of Kansas City, Mo.; and president of new business development for Fox Energy Corp., of Kansas City, Mo.

"I am very excited to be part of KDOT and promote the important role aviation has in the safety and economic well-being of Kansas," said Atwater. "Using my business background, I will tie the state's 138 public use airports to the economic development of local communities, regions and the entire state."

Ten years ago, Atwater, as the great-grandson of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, took part in the national celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. interstate system. His great-grandfather authorized creation of the interstate system in 1956. As part of the anniversary celebration, Atwater participated in a cross-country convoy in the summer of 2006 that included stops in Abilene and Kansas City, Kan.

Atwater has a bachelor's degree from Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo., and is working on a master's of business administration degree from Baker University in Baldwin City.

Atwater replaces Tiffany Brown who has taken a job with the FAA in Denver.

Available Properties

Feature Facility
The Salina Airport Authority has available for lease, a nearly 12,000 sq. ft. office and shop facility located in the Salina Airport Industrial Center. Located near corporate neighbors that include the Schwan Food Company and easy access to several of Salina's larger employers including Salina Vortex, Eldorado National and GeoProbe Systems.

Commonly known as Bldg. 313, this well maintained facility features large windows providing natural daylight throughout and offers nearly 8,000 sq. ft of shop space. 

Call the Salina Airport Authority at 785-827-3914 to schedule a tour or check it out online at

Flight instruction and aircraft rental
The Salina Airport Authority is excited to announce that Schilling Aviation Services, 2010 Rogers Ct. now offers flight instruction and aircraft rental.
For additional information, please contact Bob Pahls, Schilling Aviation Services (785) 404-6025.

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